Genealogy: Kansas, Library and society resource list

Kansas, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Kansas Genealogical Society:
  2. Kansas State Historical Society State Archives:
  3. Kansas State Library:

University Archives and Collections (10)

  1. Baker University:
  2. Emporia State University:
  3. Fort Hays State University. Archives/Special Collections:
  4. Fort Hays State University. Center for Ethnic Studies:
  5. Friends University:
  6. Kansas State University. Special Collections:
  7. University of Kansas. Dole Institute:
  8. University of Kansas. Spencer Research Library:
  9. Washburn University:
  10. Wichita State University:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (3)

  1. Kansas City–Kansas City, Kansas Public Library:
  2. Wichita–Wichita Public Library:
  3. Wichita–Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society Library:
  4. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (1)
  5. Midwest Historical and Genealogical Library:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. State Library of Kansas KANFIND – Online Database Service:

This site provides access to several online databases, which provide full-text articles on business, medical and research topics, as well as material for elementary and middle-school students.

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. Kansas Digital Library:
  2. University of Kansas, CARRIE: A Full-Text Electronic Library:
  3. Western Trails:
  4. Carrie Electronic Library:
  5. Digital Resources & Exhibitions: